SEARCH BLOG: ENERGY
We had a 10-15 minute storm come through the area on Sunday early in the afternoon. By mid-evening, power had been restored, but cable/internet was out. Fortunately, there was no damage, and since we had a houseful of guests and a outdoor cookout that continued after the brief interruption, life went on pretty much as normal despite the lack of electricity.
The storm was similar to those that have come through recently. A layer of cold air over warm, instead of vice versa, creates a cell or front of strong horizontal winds and a sudden drop in temperature - about 20° F. We didn't see or hear of tornados, and the power stayed on through the storm... then went off as the weather cleared. We presume it was due to a weakened tree falling on a main power line since most of the utilities in this area are underground.This was our first interruption in power lasting more than a few seconds since the infamous northeast grid failure. We've thought about purchasing a small generator for these occasions, but the power system around here is fairly reliable. Even major storms rarely cause problems lasting more that several hours. But as we move into the future where it gets more and more difficult to convince a global-warming believing Congress, the EPA, and state and local governments to build either fossil fuel or nuclear power generating plants, I suspect that longer and more widespread outages will begin to occur.
Like gasoline, when electric power problems begin to hit the population in its pocketbooks or causes significant inconveniences... such as loss of cable, internet, refrigeration, lights, cooling and heating, and sump pumps, not to mention traffic lights and hobbled medical facilities... we may see the same reaction toward government that is happening now because of refusal to allow drilling in known reserves.It is fairly obvious that the inability to maintain known resources at a level that meets the needs of growing populations does not bode well for a smooth transition to pie-in-the-sky "alternatives."
p.s. It's now about 24 hours since we lost power/cable/internet. This post is going up the old-fashioned way: dial-up connection.